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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Fri/Sat/Sun, 8/7-8-9/15

0 Robberies

2 Stolen Vehicles: 6000-block of Imperata St NE, 5200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries:  Both at same location on the 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

9 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Deschutes SE, 1200-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE, 13400-block of Executive Hills Way SE, 700-block of Monell Drive NE, 1200-block of Tomasita Street NE, 3400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 1100-block of Ibex Avenue NE, 5500-block of Edwards NE.

22 Auto Burglaries: 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 12900-block of Central NE, 12800-block of Skyline Rd NE, 11000-block of Cordova Ave NE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 3 vehicles at the same location on the 3400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 2 vehicles at the same location on the 3600-block of Singapore Cir NE, 4300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 12200-block of Palm Springs Ave NE, 3100-block of Toreador NE, 2 vehicles on the 3000-block of Palo Alto NE, 13200-block of Casa Bonita NE, 3100-block of Camino Real NE, 2 vehicles on the 3100-block of Casa Bonita NE, 3000-block of Casa Del Norte NE, 3500-block of Mountainside Parkway NE, 2 vehicles at the same location on the 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention tips based on these cases:  The stolen vehicles over the weekend were unique with one being stolen while in the process of unloading a second from a car delivery semi-truck; this was an opportunity and a criminal took advantage and seized upon the opportunity.   These have been rare in the Foothills; I have only seen one other case similar to this one all year.  The second stolen vehicle was taken from a tavern/pub and then a residential burglary was committed using the garage door opener that was left inside the parked, unattended vehicle.  We have to spread the word about changing habits — not leaving any items of value or with personal information about us in our parked vehicles (garage door openers, IDs, wallets, purses, credit/debit cards, vehicle insurance/registration papers, birth certificates, firearms, work IDs/badges/credentials, tools, CD collections, cash, GPS units, cell phones, suit cases, sporting goods, tools, etc).  The laundry list preceding is what offenders made off with in one weekend from parked vehicles.

We have to do a better job of securing our property. Remember:  police are reactive (called when a crime has already occurred or is in progress); you can be pro-active and properly secure your property.

Our commercial burglaries were both at the same location over the weekend instead of spread out over the Area Command.  Our residential burglaries were both forced and unforced entries:  entering garages using stolen garage door openers from parked/unattended vehicles, walking into garages via open garage doors, breaking back windows and doors, and entering through an unlocked door.  We have got to take a more pro-active and responsible stance as a community when it comes to securing our own property and controlling our own environments.  Please help yourself, your family, your community and our police officers by properly securing your property.  I feel terrible when I see crimes that occurred that were preventable.  I can walk you through crime prevention techniques if you attend my “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” series of workshops or call me to book a home security (or business) assessment and leave you with recommendations on preventing crime.  One of the easiest ways to prevent crime is to form a Neighborhood Watch – call Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit and take a pro-active stance to help yourself, your neighborhood and your local law enforcement.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command